Friday, 8 September 2017

roses + rumi!

a dear friend sent this to me in spanish
the english is with the help of google translate

They asked Rumi, 
Persian spiritual master of the 13th century:

What is poison?
Anything beyond what we need is poison.
It may be power, laziness, food, ego, ambition, fear, anger, or whatever ...

What is fear?
Non-acceptance of uncertainty. If we accept uncertainty, it becomes adventure.

What is envy?
The non-acceptance of the beatitude in the other. If we accept it, it becomes inspiration.

What is anger?
Non-acceptance of what is beyond our control. If we accept, it becomes tolerance.

What is hate?
The non-acceptance of people as they are.
If we accept them unconditionally, then it becomes love.

What is spiritual maturity?

1. It is when you stop trying to change others and focus on changing ourselves.

2. It is when we accept people as they are.

3. It is when we understand that all are right according to their own perspective.

4. It is when you learn to "let go".

5. It is when one is able to not have "expectations" in a relationship, and give of oneself for the pleasure of giving.

6. It is when we realize that what we do, we do for our own peace.

7. It is when one stops showing the world how intelligent they are.

8. It is when we stop seeking the approval of others.

9. It is when we stop comparing ourselves with others.

10. It is when you are at peace with yourself.

11. Spiritual maturity occurs when we are able to distinguish between "need" and "desire" and we are able to let go of that desire ...

12. Spiritual maturity gains when we stop attaching "happiness" to material things!

"Summer Romance" rose in the rain!
(same as the rose above, just a different camera)

Wednesday evening Satsang bowl of garden roses
in the Thursday morning sunshine!

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